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One of the Better Anthologies,
This review is from: Doomsday Book (DVD)
Horror/Sci-Fi anthologies have always been a mixed bag. There are always some segments that succeed while others suck out loud. This is as consistent in its offerings as any I've seen.
Here's the scoop. In the first segment two twenty somethings are on the verge of a relationship when, at a restaurant, they eat some tainted meat (as do other patrons) and hey begin to zombie-fy. The thing going here is watching as the disease spreads and becomes an epidemic. This is all handled really well. I's shot and acted well and moves as smooth as silk. The only problem is it doesn't really end. It merely stops. They couldn't figure out an ending so they concoct this Adam and Eve scenario that just seems tacked on.
In the second segment a Buddhist monastery calls a service man because one of their droids appears to have obtained consciousness. He agrees and must file a report to have said droid terminated. The CEO of the firm pays a visit and agrees. The thing happening here is the question of consciousness. If a machine becomes self aware, is it still a machine? The dynamic present in this segment is really good. The arguments on both sides are good. It might be an unanswerable question. I liked the ending but the post script confused me a bit. This is the best of the three. The droid is well designed. It looks a bit like the droids in "I Robot."
In the third segment a young girl has somehow scarred the 8 ball in her father's billiard set. She goes on line to replace it and inadvertently sets up the possible destruction of planet Earth. Her mom, dad and uncle build a shelter to survive the oncoming catastrophe. The thing happening here is the family dynamic where the daughter is the center of things. You see them as they try to put the pieces of the asteroid puzzle together and figure out it if they can thwart extinction. This is odd in that they find humor in an end of the world crisis. It's a good exercise in black humor.
All in all this is a good watch. I've seen a strong handful of really good Korean flicks. This might not be the best of the bunch but it's well worth the time taken to watch it.